The Savagery of Schizophrenia (20 October 2012 – The Times) by Caitlin Moran

Powerful and utterly coherent, another re-blog, this time from an original piece by Caitlin Moran, author, broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at The Times.

The savagery of schizophrenia: ‘I have two people in my life with schizophrenia – one paranoid, one undiagnosed’
Caitlin Moran, 21 October 2012:
Read the article here: bit.ly/SgUp2J

© 2012 Times Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved

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The DNA Spiral by Charles Jencks

Photographer: Ian Britton, 2001, from FreeFoto.com

Creativity and Mental Health: New Research

The latest research relating to connections between mental health and creativity has just been referenced on the BBC News site. We’d thought we’d republish a link here.

After a quick straw poll around the office and friends we’re all agreed that everyone has some creativity in them and as mentioned in our About section, we all tread a fine line between wellness and dis-ease, whether we consider ourselves creative or not.

Here’s a link to the BBC news story: Creativity ‘closely entwined with mental illness’ by Michelle Roberts

What do you think?

Since writing this piece we came across the following blog post by Howard Robinson on ‘The Unofficial Blog for Brit Writers and Writers Everywhere!’  It refers to the same research as the BBC and adds some interesting comment to the whole question, from a writer’s perspective. With thanks to Brit Writers and Howard Robinson.

Here’s the link: http:  You don’t have to be mad to be a writer, but maybe it helps!  by Howard Robinson

999 What’s Your Emergency?

The police play a crucial role in the management of mental health issues in many different ways. Here’s a re-blog from Inspector Michael Brown, aka The Mental Health Cop, whose excellent blog and Twitter feed highlight many of the issues faced by British police when tackling mental health issues – this one focused on Channel Four’s recent programme relating to 999 emergency calls.

Mental Health Cop

There was quite a debate about the above programme when it was aired on Channel Four last night – you can watch it for a limited period of time on the Channel Four ‘catch up’ website.  Last night, it all focussed upon people’s “state of mind”, ie mental health issues and it was all set in Blackpool, covered by Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service.

Using the hashtag #999whatsyouremergency there were various comments flying around the Twittersphere.  Some warmed my heart – a combination of people expressing sympathy for some people who came to the attention of the 999 services in a variety of formats and some who quite obviously did not believe the kinds of mental health demands that hit the ambulance and police services on a daily basis.

I was amazed that at no stage in the programme did the editors attempt to signpost people in crisis…

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Tame the Black Dog – WHO Film for World Mental Health Day 2012

It’s World Mental Health Day today and the focus this year is on depression.

The World Health Organization have produced an animated video about the condition, written, illustrated and narrated by Matthew Johnstone.

This compact yet comprehensive little film features a black dog, an age old metaphor for depression. According to the WHO, more than 350 million people worldwide are affected, of all ages and from diverse backgrounds.

WHO Film link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC07-dOwgza1IguKA86jqxNA

Creative Commons Photo Lecates 2007, Newtown, Alpharetta, GA, US

Creative Commons Photo: Lecates 2007, Newtown, Alpharetta, GA, US